This is a French Old Paris veilleuse, or a demitasse teapot on a warming stand, intended to hold tea for one person.. The age is 19th century, circa 1835.
The veilleuse is 10 ¾" high and 5 ½" wide.
There are four pieces to this veilleuse: the lid, the pot, the base and the godet (which is the candle or warming tray).
The veilleuse was used primarily on the table next to the bed to keep the tea warm and sometimes to double as a small table lamp, or night light. You can view a similar veilleuse in the museum collection of rare veilleuses on display at the City of Trenton in Tennessee.
The base has a bulbous bottom and rests on four feet. The top has reticulated holes. The little teapot sits on top, and the design of the blank shows the same reticulated holes around the rim of the mouth.
Nosegays of hand painted flowers are painted on the front sides, both on the base and the pot. There are different flowers, like roses and daisies, painted in floors of pink, blue, purple, red, and yellow. The leaves are green, brown and gray.
The opposing sides of an overlay gold design. There is a lot of wear to the gold trim due to age.
The lid has a flower finial, which is chipped, and showing old repairs. On the underside of the lid, part of one inner edge has broken off. The gold on the lid is almost worn away.
The godet is not original to this veilleuse, but is a more modern godet, circa 1900.
Be sure to visit the other veilleuses I have listed in my shop as I do showcase a few of the more rare pieces, specifically ones that are figural.
There are some glazing irregularities because this is a real old piece. There are no other chips, cracks or crazing.
The is one faint incised mark on the bottom of the base, filled in with glaze. The veilleuse is unmarked as to maker.
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